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Jardine condemns UK Government arms sales "fudge"

February 13, 2018 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine, has condemned the "fudged" position of the UK Government over arms sales to Turkey, following attacks on the Kurdish community in Afrin, Syria.

In a written question, the Liberal Democrat MP had asked the UK Foreign Office whether arms sales to Turkey would be stopped following the attacks on the city.

But in response, the Foreign Office answered only that export licenses were continually under review, and provided no clarity on whether or not exports would be stopped.

Ms Jardine said:

"I am appalled that the Government's answer was such a fudge.

"What I wanted was an assurance that British weapons will not be used for repression and acts of unjustified aggression.

"I hope that the Foreign Office will continue to monitor the situation in Afrin and take it into consideration when determining the government position on export licenses for arms to Turkey."